House debates

Monday, 15 June 2020

Statements by Members

Australian Bushfires, Queensland Koala Society

1:46 pm

Photo of Ross VastaRoss Vasta (Bonner, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Koalas are one of Australia's most iconic native animals, but, sadly, we have seen a dramatic decline in numbers. The devastating bushfires earlier this year have had a big impact on their population. The Morrison government have implemented our $50 million wildlife and habitat recovery package, and, to help koalas, we have provided $3 million to support Queensland koala hospitals and committed $3 million for koala habitat restoration in South-East Queensland and northern New South Wales. However, there's always more that we can do.

Bonner local, Angela, is one person who is making a difference. With a need for koala rescue and rehabilitation in the region, Angela has recently established the not-for-profit Queensland Koala Society in Chandler. I recently dropped into their new facility to meet with Angela and see the great work that she is doing in my electorate of Bonner. Angela set up the volunteer based organisation for the sole benefit of koala welfare, education and training. Their rescuers are trained and experienced and assist with the rescue, care and rehabilitation of injured, sick, displaced or orphaned koalas and wildlife across the south-east Brisbane region. She also works with wildlife hospitals, research groups and wildlife groups to provide support and training for potential rescuers and other groups. She has done a tremendous job setting up the local organisation with a need for assistance, including donations, food for wildlife— (Time expired)